Singer/TV star Tony Orlando is showing his patriotism this July 4th with a special ceremony at Nixon Library where he will donate his Gold Record for his 1973 hit “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” to the ‘All-American Homecoming POW’ exhibit.
Tony called in to the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk about this special event and the story behind the beloved song.
“This whole thing happened because, you know, it’s the 40th anniversary of ‘Yellow Ribbon,'” explained Tony. “The first time I ever sang ‘Yellow Ribbon’ was to the POWs when they came home to Dallas, Texas because they were home only two weeks…so we celebrated our 40th anniversary with them.”
Along with the 40th anniversary celebration, the All-American performer will graciously donate his Gold Record for “Yellow Ribbon” to the POW exhibit inside the Nixon Library, plus perform the song live for the audience!
“[I’m] doing something that really, really is special…I’m donating that Gold Record because Nixon was President when he brought [the POWs] home,” said Tony.
“On this day…we should really make sure that whenever we see a veteran, say thank you for your service,” he added.
The public is invited to attend this special ceremony happening this Thursday, July 4th at 11 a.m. For more details, click here.
Listen to our complete interview with Tony Orlando in the clip below.